Homebrew contest beer release: Monkey Wrench

Come to Fairfield Craft Ales on Saturday, November 3, as we release the beer we brewed with our June home brew contest winners. The taps at 724 Honeyspot Road in Stratford start flowing at 1 pm. And all are welcome to the home brew team’s launch party from 6-9 pm.

Monkey Wrench, a chocolaty imperial stout concocted by Matt Laudicina, Chris Aiuto, and Jason Rancourt, weighs in at 7.5 percent abv. Big bars of dark chocolate went into the boil, and quite a few bunches of bananas were added during secondary fermentation. Both flavors come through in a balanced—and not overpowering—way.

These guys were a ton of fun to brew with, and they participated actively along the way—from the actual brew to adding bananas a week later to kegging and canning.

Even a former homebrew contest winner got into the act. Jim Cenatiempo, who with Chris Moise won our first contest with Paint It Black porter, happened to stop by and pitched in with our super-manual labeling process.

By the way, that cute little boy you see in the canning video is Chris Aiuto’s son, Christopher (Kip). Kip was very recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and is just beginning his lifelong journey with this condition.  We will have a jar out all day on Saturday for voluntary donations to the JDRF (f/k/a the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). In addition, we will sell tickets during the evening release party for a 50/50 raffle. The winner will get half the pot plus a Fairfield Craft Ales hoodie, and the other half will go to the JDRF.

If you can’t make it to the brewery that day, we encourage you to donate through the Facebook page Chris set up, “Walking for a World Without T1D.”